The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today warned that three consecutive years of severe drought in the Grand Sud of Madagascar have led to the country’s worst food crisis in 20 years, exacerbating the vulnerabilities of already poor populations.
The United Nations Children’s Fund is providing emergency relief in Bangladesh to people stranded by recent floods — including 1.6 million children — and is dispatching, among other things, 400,000 water purification tablets for 80,000 households and emergency medical supplies for district health facilities.
The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports rising hunger and malnutrition in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, where months of conflict have worsened a dire situation caused by COVID-19 and locusts. Nearly 80 per cent of hospitals in Tigray are not functional, according to the World Health Organization.
The new Permanent Representative of Comoros to the United Nations, Issimail Chanfi, paid a courtesy call on UN Secretary-General António Guterres today.
The new Permanent Representative of Comoros to the United Nations, Issimail Chanfi, presented his credentials to the Secretariat today.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed François Batalingaya of Rwanda as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the Comoros, with the host Government’s approval.
The Mission in South Sudan deployed a Nepalese Quick Reaction Force Team to Cueibet to support local police protecting civilians from a potential conflict between armed groups, following the killing of a young man. The peacekeepers intercepted the groups and remained in the area until the situation was stable.
In Asia, a strong monsoon season has caused floods and landslides over the past week, killing hundreds of people, displacing millions and destroying infrastructure. The United Nations and aid partners are supporting Government-led responses in several countries despite COVID-19-related logistical challenges.
Severe flooding in Bangladesh is currently affecting some 1.4 million people, with United Nations agencies providing $5.2 million in early funding. In China, heavy rains have impacted more than 38 million people, while floods and landslides in Nepal have led to more than 100 deaths.
Hostilities in western Libya continue to cause civilian casualties and trigger new displacement, with heavy shelling reported in Tripoli on 12 April. Shelling also hit residential areas in Tajoura and struck an ambulance near Misrata, killing a paramedic and marking the eighth attack on health facilities in 2020.